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New ETD project

This EU Emergency Travel Document (ETD) is a travel document issued by a Member State of the European Union for a single journey to the holder's Member State of nationality or residence or, exceptionally, to another destination. Authorities of non-EU countries are hereby requested to allow the holder to pass freely without hindrance.

On September 2019 the European Commission has selected Poligrafico for the development of the graphic design and technical specifications of the new ETD (Emergency Travel Document), the temporary travel document of the European Union.

The Council has indeed adopted Directive (EU) 2019/997 repealing the previous directive and establishing a new and uniform ETD document format that shall be adopted by all Member States to assist European citizens abroad, according to the Art. 23 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The adoption of this Directive became necessary to adequate the technical specifications of the document to a global security environment.

Poligrafico has been selected to develop the graphic design and technical specifications of the product as body with technical competence and a high degree of specialization in the field of security printing. The technical specifications will be then adopted in a Commission Decision.

Poligrafico is also responsible for developing a kit for each Member State and for the Commission to allow each State to produce the ETD individually.

Within the 2020 workprogramme for activities relating to company law and to activities that are contributing to an area of justice and fundamental rights, Poligrafico proposal has been selected and a grant has been awarded.


  • Stefano Imperatori - Integrated Solutions Development Director
  • Alessandra Battista - Project Manager

PROJECT STATUS: the project has been signed by the European Commission, Directorate-General Justice and Consumers, Unit 04 Programme and Financial Management on 27th March 2020. The implementation period started on 4th February 2020 and will end on 4th August 2021.